Breaking News: Phoenix Suns, head coach Alvin Gentry part ways

Jan 8, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns and the team’s, now former, head coach Alvin Gentry have agreed to mutually part ways.

Phoenix Suns official homepage released the following statement:

The Phoenix Suns and Alvin Gentry have mutually agreed to part ways after his five-plus seasons as head coach, the club announced today. An interim coach will be named in the next 24-48 hours.

Gentry was named Phoenix’s interim head coach in Feb. 2009, and named the 14th head coach in franchise history on May 9, 2009. In five-plus seasons with the Suns, Gentry’s teams compiled a 158-144 (.523) record, earning one playoff appearance and a trip to the 2010 Western Conference Finals. The Suns currently own a 13-28 (.317) record at the midway point of the 2012-13 season.

Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby will be available to the media in the Al McCoy Media Center (event level) at US Airways Center at 3:30 p.m. TODAY.

As the report indicates, no replacement for Gentry has been put into place, but an interim coach will take Gentry’s former job very soon.

The Suns are at the very bottom of the Western conference, having won only 2 of their last 15 games and holding a 13-28 record on the season.

Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to track the latest on who the Suns will elect to replace Gentry.

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